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TOURISM AND MEDIA

Recent and archived news stories on: Airports, Conventions, Entertainment, Hotels, Gaming, Restaurants, Sports, Theme Parks, Travel...

New Types on Tap for Johnny Rockets

RESTAURANTS: Plans push beyond standard restaurants

Johnny Rockets wants to grow its number of U.S. restaurants by tapping new dining trends while maintaining its Americana-themed brand.

Asia Software Deal Opens Lens on Ubiquity Strategy

TECHNOLOGY: First big development for company

A recent software distribution deal struck by an Irvine-based company with barely any sales provides some insight on its $560 million market value.

Montage LB Names Managing Director

Irvine-based Montage Hotels & Resorts recently named Rick Riess managing director of Montage Laguna Beach, its flagship resort.

New Hyundai Voice Paul Rudd In, Jeff Bridges Out

Company Wanted Name Known By Young Buyers

Hyundai Motor America has replaced actor Jeff Bridges with Paul Rudd as the new voice for its national advertising campaigns.

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Register Expected to Close on HQ Sale, Make Severance Payments

A sale of the Santa Ana headquarters of the Orange County Register to developer Mike Harrah is expected to close within a few days, according to sources.

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Entertainment Parks Operator Sells 15 Locations

Newport Beach-based leisure park owner and operator Palace Entertainment Inc. has sold 15 of its entertainment center locations to Apex Parks Group in Aliso Viejo.

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Montage Names Managing Director

Irvine-based Montage Hotels & Resorts named Rick Riess managing director of its coastal Orange County flagship resort Montage Laguna Beach.

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Irvine Appliance Maker Names New Ad Agency

BSH Home Appliances Corp. selected ELA Advertising as its strategic, creative agency-of-record for its Thermador brand cookware.

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Casanova Pendrill Loses Miller Lite

Costa Mesa-based Casanova Pendrill lost the Latino-American portion of the Miller Lite advertising business.

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Ad Shop Raises $5.2 Million

Adaptive Medias Inc. raised $5.2 million from two investors by selling 2.13 million shares of its common stock at $2.25 per share.

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Innocean Lands Energy Account

InnoceanUSA has branched beyond mainstay client Hyundai Motor America Inc. with the addition of NRG Energy to its growing roster of nonautomotive accounts.

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Wozniak to Speak at NAMM

Apple Computers co-founder Steve Wozniak will speak at the National Association of Music Merchants show in Anaheim in January, the association said.

OC’s Gaming Roots Run From Early Versions to VR

Older Firms Programmed Play for Today’s Innovators

Orange County’s influence in the video game industry traces back decades, from trailblazing studios in the early 1980s to today’s innovators of virtual reality.

Long-Anticipated ‘Wasteland’ Game Sequel on Way

Producer Waited 10+ Years To Get Money for Follow-Up

It’s taken Brian Fargo more than a decade to get the band back together for a follow-up release to the smash hit “Wasteland.”

Errand Turns Into Role in UPS Ad for HB Businessman

Does ‘Mailbox Confession’ Of Small-Business Services

Tony Orlando went to pick up his mail from a shipping and business services center in Huntington Beach and walked out with a contract to star in a commercial for UPS Store Inc.